Date: 10/9/17 10:30 pm
From: Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: Gabrielson and Jewett Woodhouse Scrubs
Regarding the Woodhouse Jays mentioned in Gabrielson and Jewett (BofO
1940), I followed up on this just over a year ago. Here is what I found,
including attached photos.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter...>
Date: Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 4:15 PM
Subject: Gabrielson and Jewett Woodhouse Scrubs
To: OReBird <orebird...>

Hi Folks,

Following up: Gabrielson and Jewett (1940, Birds of Oregon) listed two
specimens of "Woodhouse's Jay," saying "...No other record of the presence
of Woodhouse's Jay in the State was made until August 8, 1921, when two
birds were collected from a flock present in the brush along the banks of
Wild Horse Creek near Andrews on the southeastern slope of Steens Mountains
where the authors were camped."

G&J said one was in the Biological Survey collection and the other was in
Gabrielson's collection (No. 531). Ralph Browning said these were
accessioned at Smithsonian while he was there. I asked Chris Milensky
(Birds Staff) at Smithsonian for a couple photos of the Woodhouse's Jays"
mentioned in G&J, and if he could include a couple of adjacent typical
California Scrub-Jays. Two photos are attached. They were fairly dull,
likely due to the stark white background, so I edited them to a more
pleasant contrast and hue (same process applied to both images).

I don't know if these are adequate for ID, but ... it's something to look

In BOGR, Browning mentions other specimens labeled "subspecies?" by
Phillips, which Browning says are woodhouseii. Those may take some greater
effort to track down.


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